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State of Connecticut Labor Situation Last Updated: March 22, 2019
Nonfarm jobs fall by 400 in February; unemployment rate unchanged at 3.8% Connecticut Labor Situation - February 2019 PDF
WETHERSFIELD, March 21 2019 - Preliminary Connecticut nonfarm job estimates from the business payroll survey administered by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show the state lost 400 net jobs (0.02%) in February 2019, to a level of 1,693,900 seasonally adjusted. Over the year, nonagricultural employment in the state grew by 4,600 jobs (0.3%). The January 2019 originally-released job gain of 1,000 was revised down sharply to a loss of 2,500. The number of the state's unemployed residents was estimated at 73,900, seasonally adjusted, unchanged from January. As a result, Connecticut's February unemployment rate is at 3.8%, seasonally adjusted, unchanged from the revised January level. Resident employment estimates include the self-employed and residents working out of state and are determined separately from the nonfarm payroll job estimates above. None of the movements in payroll job estimates or residential employment are considered statistically significant.

"February jobs saw a small decline of 400 jobs, essentially leaving Connecticut's labor market unchanged from January" said Andy Condon, Director of the Office of Research. "However, January's final revision was sharply down from our preliminary release, partly due to the normal revision process as more data became available for the sample, and partly due to a correction to estimates on our construction supersector."

Nonfarm Jobs Detail (business establishment survey)
Private Sector shrank by 500 (0.0%) to 1,456,900 jobs over the month in February, and remains up 4,400 (0.3%) seasonally adjusted jobs over the year. The Government supersector was up slightly in February (100, 0.0%) to a total of 237,000, and is now up 200 jobs (0.1%) over the year. The Government supersector includes all federal, state and local employment, including public higher education and Native American casino employment located on tribal land.

Five of the ten major industry supersectors gained employment in February, while four declined. Professional and Business Services led gainers with an increase of 800 jobs (0.4%, 217,600 total jobs). The Manufacturing supersector was next, adding 600 (0.4%, 161,400). Information grew by 200 (0.6%, 33,100) while Government (0.0%, 237,000) and Other Services (0.2%, 64,500) each added 100 positions.

The Trade, Transportation & Utilities supersector led declines dropping 1,000 jobs (-0.3%), followed by Educational and Health Services with a decline of 600 ( -0.2%). The Leisure and Hospitality supersector shed 400 positions (-0.2%), while Construction and Mining fell by 200 ( -0.3%).

Labor Market Information - Connecticut, Employment Sectors & United States Nonfarm Employment
Year to Year Month to Month Previous Three Months
Feb 2019 Feb 2018 Change Rate % Feb 2019 Jan 2019 Change Rate % Dec 2018 Nov 2018 Oct 2018
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data State of Connecticut Employment
go to Connecticut nonfarm employment data table Connecticut Nonfarm Employment 1,693,900 1,689,300 4,600 0.3% 1,693,900 1,694,300 -400 -0.0% 1,696,800 1,695,700 1,694,000
go to Private Sector sector data table Private Sector 1,456,900 1,452,500 4,400 0.3% 1,456,900 1,457,400 -500 -0.0% 1,459,800 1,458,500 1,457,100
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Goods Producing Industries
go to Construction sector data table Construction 62,000 58,500 3,500 6.0% 62,000 62,100 -100 -0.2% 61,400 60,300 59,100
go to Manufacturing sector data table Manufacturing 161,400 160,000 1,400 0.9% 161,400 160,800 600 0.4% 160,400 160,400 160,500
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data Service Providing Industries
go to Transportation and Public Utilities sector data table Trade, Transportation and Utilities 294,100 298,000 -3,900 -1.3% 294,100 295,100 -1,000 -0.3% 296,100 295,600 296,300
go to Information sector data table Information 33,100 32,000 1,100 3.4% 33,100 32,900 200 0.6% 32,700 32,500 32,000
go to Financial Activities sector data table Financial Activities 126,500 126,400 100 0.1% 126,500 126,500 0 0.0% 127,000 126,700 126,500
go to Professional and Business Services sector data table Professional and Business Services 217,600 220,800 -3,200 -1.4% 217,600 216,800 800 0.4% 219,500 221,200 221,300
go to Educational and Health Services sector data table Educational and Health Services 336,200 334,100 2,100 0.6% 336,200 336,800 -600 -0.2% 336,900 336,100 336,500
go to Leisure and Hospitality sector data table Leisure and Hospitality 161,000 157,100 3,900 2.5% 161,000 161,400 -400 -0.2% 160,500 159,700 159,200
go to Other Services sector data table Other Services 64,500 65,000 -500 -0.8% 64,500 64,400 100 0.2% 64,800 65,500 65,200
go to Government sector data table Government 237,000 236,800 200 0.1% 237,000 236,900 100 0.0% 237,000 237,200 236,900
Graph Follow link below for more charts & data United States Employment
go to United States nonfarm employment data table United States Nonfarm Employment 150,606,000 148,097,000 2,509,000 1.7% 150,606,000 150,586,000 20,000 0.0% 150,275,000 150,048,000 149,852,000
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Connecticut has now recovered 80.7% (97,100 jobs) of the 120,300 seasonally adjusted jobs lost in the "Great Recession" (3/08-1/10). The job recovery is into its 109th month and the state needs an additional 23,200 net new jobs to reach an overall nonfarm employment expansion. The state's Private Sector sector is at 99.6% (111,500) of the 112,000 private sector jobs lost in that same employment downturn.

Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery March 2008 - February 2019
Connecticut's Recessionary Job Loss and Recovery  March 2008 - February 2019
March
2008
January
2010
February
2019
Jobs Lost Recovered
Jobs Percent
CT Nonfarm Employment 1,717.1 1,596.8 1,693.9 -120.3 97.1 80.7%
Total Private Sector 1,457.4 1,345.4 1,456.9 -112.0 111.5 99.6%
* March 2008 was employment peak. January 2010 was employment trough.    Last Updated: March 21, 2019

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Connecticut Labor Market Areas (LMAs): Two of the six LMAs seasonally adjusted by the BLS saw job increases in February 2019 and three saw declines. The New Haven LMA (0.2%, 288,200) led gainers with 500 net new jobs while the Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk LMA posted a gain of 300 (0.1%, 410,200). The Hartford-West Hartford-East Hartford LMA saw a loss of 2,300 jobs (-0.4%, 581,600), while both the Norwich-New London-Westerly LMA (-0.2%, 129,400) and the Danbury LMA (-0.3%, 77,600) saw small losses of 200. The Waterbury LMA (69,200) was unchanged.

February January December November February Over Month Over Year
Seasonally Adjusted data 2019 P 2019 R 2018 2018 2018 Change Rate   Change Rate
Bridgeport-Stamford-Norwalk 410,200 409,900 410,500 409,400 409,000 300 0.1% 1,200 0.3%
Danbury 77,600 77,800 77,600 77,600 77,800 -200 -0.3% -200 -0.3%
Hartford 581,600 583,900 586,500 585,900 580,200 -2,300 -0.4% 1,400 0.2%
New Haven 288,200 287,700 287,600 286,900 285,200 500 0.2% 3,000 1.1%
Norwich-New London-Westerly, RI 129,400 129,600 129,600 129,800 130,400 -200 -0.2% -1,000 -0.8%
Waterbury 69,200 69,200 69,500 68,900 68,800 0 0.0% 400 0.6%
Not Seasonally Adjusted data (Non-Classified Areas, State estimated not BLS)
Enfield 44,300 44,700 45,700 45,500 44,100 -400 -0.9% 200 0.5%
Torrington-Northwest 32,000 32,100 32,800 32,800 31,700 -100 -0.3% 300 0.9%
Danielson-Northeast 26,300 26,300 26,800 26,800 26,200 0 0.0% 100 0.4%
* Less than 0.05% ** Includes Native American tribal government employment P = Preliminary R = Revised

Note: Six major Connecticut LMAs are estimated independently from the statewide data by the BLS and cover more than 90% of the nonfarm employment in the state. Thus, estimates will not fully sum to the statewide total.

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Hours and Earnings: The Private Sector workweek, not seasonally adjusted, averaged 33.1 hours in February 2019, down by six-tenths of an hour from the same month a year ago. Average hourly earnings at $32.68, not seasonally adjusted, were up $1.10 (3.5%) from the February 2018 estimate ($31.58). The resultant average Private Sector weekly pay amounted to $1,081,71, up $17.46 from a year ago (1.6%).

AVG WEEKLY EARNINGS AVG WEEKLY HOURS AVG HOURLY EARNINGS
Feb CHG Jan Feb CHG Jan Feb CHG Jan
(Not seasonally adjusted) 2019 2018 Y/Y 2019 2019 2018 Y/Y 2019 2019 2018 Y/Y 2019
PRODUCTION WORKER                      
MANUFACTURING $1,124.24 $1,031.09 $93.15 $1,192.98 41.5 40.9 0.6 42.5 $27.09 $25.21 $1.88 $28.07
DURABLE GOODS 1,222.89 1,114.47 108.42 1,302.67 41.3 42.7 -1.4 41.9 29.61 26.10 3.51 31.09
NON-DUR. GOODS 809.20 732.78 76.42 852.48 42.3 34.5 7.8 44.4 19.13 21.24 -2.11 19.20
CONSTRUCTION 1,101.38 1,042.80 58.58 1,134.07 37.5 35.7 1.8 38.6 29.37 29.21 0.16 29.38
                   
ALL EMPLOYEES                        
STATEWIDE                  
TOTAL PRIVATE 1,081.71 1,064.25 17.46 1,111.22 33.1 33.7 -0.6 33.4 32.68 31.58 1.10 33.27
GOODS PRODUCING 1,323.38 1,278.96 44.42 1,363.10 37.8 39.1 -1.3 38.3 35.01 32.71 2.30 35.59
Construction 1,157.02 1,137.50 19.52 1,195.19 35.2 36.4 -1.2 36.9 32.87 31.25 1.62 32.39
Manufacturing 1,416.88 1,328.00 88.88 1,475.20 39.8 40.0 -0.2 40.0 35.60 33.20 2.40 36.88
SERVICE PROVIDING 1,040.06 1,027.95 12.11 1,065.68 32.3 32.8 -0.5 32.5 32.20 31.34 0.86 32.79
Trade, Transp., Utilities 881.83 846.30 35.53 892.25 32.6 32.5 0.1 32.9 27.05 26.04 1.01 27.12
Financial Activities 1,794.13 1,736.28 57.85 1,773.77 37.0 37.1 -0.1 36.4 48.49 46.80 1.69 48.73
Prof. & Business Serv. 1,244.15 1,263.39 -19.24 1,285.83 33.4 34.5 -1.1 33.9 37.25 36.62 0.63 37.93
Education & Health Ser. 960.07 929.33 30.74 970.88 32.7 32.7 0.0 32.8 29.36 28.42 0.94 29.60
Leisure & Hospitality 465.35 465.43 -0.08 445.66 24.7 25.8 -1.1 24.3 18.84 18.04 0.80 18.34
Other Services 788.48 782.54 5.94 802.00 30.8 30.7 0.1 31.8 25.60 25.49 0.11 25.22
LABOR MARKET AREAS: TOTAL PRIVATE              
Bridgeport-Stamford 1,193.47 1,144.26 49.21 1,226.01 33.6 32.9 0.7 33.7 35.52 34.78 0.74 36.38
Danbury 1,024.86 954.91 69.95 1,016.40 34.8 34.3 0.5 35.0 29.45 27.84 1.61 29.04
Hartford 1,155.65 1,090.86 64.79 1,172.72 34.1 34.1 0.0 34.2 33.89 31.99 1.90 34.29
New Haven 1,003.93 1,019.31 -15.39 1,045.42 32.5 33.3 -0.8 33.4 30.89 30.61 0.28 31.30
Norwich-New London 795.59 891.16 -95.56 797.34 29.1 32.3 -3.2 29.1 27.34 27.59 -0.25 27.40
Waterbury 922.40 863.74 58.67 935.34 33.8 34.8 -1.0 34.4 27.29 24.82 2.47 27.19

Information for the manufacturing production workweek and earnings can be found in the table section of this release under the "Hours and Earnings" data category. Current all-employee private sector hours and earnings estimates can be volatile due to fluctuating sample responses.

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Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.2 percent in February on a seasonally adjusted basis after being unchanged in January, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index increased 1.5 percent before seasonal adjustment.

The indexes for shelter and food increased, and the gasoline index rose after recent declines to result in the seasonally adjusted all items increase. The food index rose 0.4 percent, its largest monthly increase since May 2014, as both the food at home and food away from home indexes increased. The gasoline index rose 1.5 percent in February, following three consecutive monthly declines, resulting in the energy index rising 0.4 percent despite declines in the electricity and natural gas indexes.

The index for all items less food and energy increased 0.1 percent in February after rising 0.2 percent in January. Along with the shelter index, the indexes for personal care, apparel, and education all increased. The indexes for recreation, medical care, used cars and trucks, and new vehicles all declined in February.

The all items index increased 1.5 percent for the 12 months ending February, a smaller increase than the 1.6-percent rise for the 12-months ending January. The index for all items less food and energy rose 2.1 percent over the last 12 months, a slightly smaller figure than the 2.2-percent increase for the period ending January. The food index rose 2.0 percent over the past year, its largest 12-month increase since the period ending April 2015. In contrast, the energy index declined 5.0 percent over the last 12 months.

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 State of Connecticut Unemployment Rate vs. United States Unemployment Rate
The February 2019 unemployment rate for Connecticut is estimated at 3.8% (seasonally adjusted), unchanged from the revised January 2019 figure and down seven-tenths of a percentage point from a year ago when it was 4.5%. The US jobless rate in February 2019 was 3.8%, down three-tenths of a point from February 2018.
Month 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons CT U.S. Year-to-Year comparisons
Jan  8.2 8.3 0.1 8.2 8.0 -0.2 7.2 6.6 -0.6 6.1 5.7 -0.4 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.9 4.7 -0.2 4.5 4.1 -0.4 3.8 4.0 0.2
Feb  8.2 8.3 0.1 8.1 7.7 -0.4 7.0 6.7 -0.3 6.0 5.5 -0.5 5.5 4.9 -0.6 4.9 4.7 -0.2 4.5 4.1 -0.4 3.8 3.8 0.0
Mar  8.3 8.2 -0.1 8.1 7.5 -0.6 6.9 6.7 -0.2 5.9 5.4 -0.5 5.4 5.0 -0.4 4.9 4.4 -0.5 4.4 4.0 -0.4
Apr  8.3 8.2 -0.1 8.0 7.6 -0.4 6.8 6.2 -0.6 5.8 5.4 -0.4 5.3 5.0 -0.3 4.8 4.4 -0.4 4.3 3.9 -0.4
May  8.4 8.2 -0.2 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.7 6.3 -0.4 5.7 5.6 -0.1 5.3 4.8 -0.5 4.7 4.4 -0.3 4.2 3.8 -0.4
Jun  8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.9 7.5 -0.4 6.6 6.1 -0.5 5.7 5.3 -0.4 5.2 4.9 -0.3 4.7 4.3 -0.4 4.1 4.0 -0.1
Jul  8.5 8.2 -0.3 7.8 7.3 -0.5 6.5 6.2 -0.3 5.6 5.2 -0.4 5.1 4.8 -0.3 4.6 4.3 -0.3 4.0 3.9 -0.1
Aug  8.5 8.1 -0.4 7.8 7.2 -0.6 6.5 6.1 -0.4 5.6 5.1 -0.5 5.0 4.9 -0.1 4.5 4.4 -0.1 4.0 3.8 -0.2
Sep  8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.7 7.2 -0.5 6.4 5.9 -0.5 5.6 5.0 -0.6 5.0 5.0 0.0 4.5 4.2 -0.3 3.9 3.7 -0.2
Oct  8.4 7.8 -0.6 7.5 7.2 -0.3 6.3 5.7 -0.6 5.6 5.0 -0.6 4.9 4.9 0.0 4.5 4.1 -0.4 3.8 3.8 0.0
Nov  8.3 7.7 -0.6 7.4 6.9 -0.5 6.3 5.8 -0.5 5.6 5.1 -0.5 4.9 4.7 -0.2 4.5 4.2 -0.3 3.8 3.7 -0.1
Dec  8.2 7.9 -0.3 7.3 6.7 -0.6 6.2 5.6 -0.6 5.6 5.0 -0.6 4.9 4.7 -0.2 4.5 4.1 -0.4 3.8 3.9 0.1

The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.

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 Labor Force / Residents Employed / Residents Unemployed
Based on the Local Area Unemployment Statistics model (LAUS - a statistical model using the CPS – Current Population Survey residential data), the number of Connecticut unemployed residents, seasonally adjusted, was unchanged from January at 73,900. Over the year, the number of the state's jobless residents declined by 11,000 (-13.0%). The state's labor force was unchanged over the month at 1,923,600, and is higher over the year by 34,900 (1.8%).

February 2019 seasonally adjusted average weekly initial unemployment claims for first-time filers in Connecticut fell by 389 claimants (-12.6%) to 2,707 from January 2019, and were lower by 932 claims (-25.6%) from the February 2018 level of 3,639.

Month  2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Labor
Force
Resident
Emp.
Resident
Unemp.
Jan   1,866.1 1,713.9 152.2 1,870.1 1,736.2 134.0 1,902.8 1,786.9 115.9 1,881.6 1,778.2 103.3 1,903.2 1,811.1 92.1 1,888.1 1,802.0 86.1 1,923.6 1,849.7 73.9
Feb   1,862.4 1,711.4 151.0 1,873.3 1,741.5 131.8 1,901.8 1,787.7 114.1 1,882.8 1,780.4 102.4 1,904.3 1,812.3 92.1 1,888.7 1,803.8 84.9 1,923.6 1,849.6 73.9
Mar   1,860.3 1,710.4 149.9 1,876.5 1,746.7 129.8 1,899.7 1,787.6 112.1 1,884.4 1,783.1 101.3 1,904.3 1,812.4 91.9 1,890.3 1,806.9 83.4
Apr   1,860.3 1,711.5 148.9 1,879.5 1,751.6 127.9 1,896.6 1,786.4 110.2 1,886.4 1,786.0 100.4 1,902.9 1,811.6 91.3 1,892.8 1,811.0 81.8
May   1,861.7 1,713.8 147.9 1,882.4 1,756.3 126.1 1,892.8 1,784.4 108.4 1,888.8 1,789.2 99.6 1,900.6 1,810.2 90.3 1,896.0 1,815.8 80.2
Jun   1,863.4 1,716.5 147.0 1,885.8 1,761.2 124.6 1,888.6 1,781.8 106.8 1,891.4 1,792.7 98.7 1,897.9 1,808.6 89.3 1,900.0 1,821.3 78.6
Jul   1,864.6 1,718.7 146.0 1,889.4 1,766.0 123.4 1,884.7 1,779.1 105.6 1,893.6 1,796.1 97.5 1,895.4 1,807.0 88.5 1,905.3 1,828.2 77.0
Aug   1,865.0 1,720.3 144.6 1,893.2 1,770.7 122.6 1,881.7 1,776.8 105.0 1,895.4 1,799.3 96.1 1,893.3 1,805.4 87.9 1,911.0 1,835.5 75.5
Sep   1,865.0 1,722.2 142.9 1,896.8 1,775.1 121.7 1,879.8 1,775.1 104.7 1,897.0 1,802.3 94.7 1,891.6 1,804.1 87.5 1,916.5 1,842.3 74.2
Oct   1,865.5 1,724.7 140.8 1,899.8 1,779.1 120.7 1,879.2 1,774.5 104.7 1,898.3 1,804.9 93.4 1,890.3 1,802.9 87.4 1,920.7 1,847.4 73.3
Nov   1,867.1 1,728.3 138.8 1,901.8 1,782.5 119.3 1,879.6 1,775.0 104.6 1,899.7 1,807.2 92.5 1,889.2 1,801.9 87.3 1,921.2 1,848.0 73.2
Dec   1,869.7 1,733.0 136.7 1,902.8 1,785.1 117.7 1,880.5 1,776.3 104.1 1,901.5 1,809.3 92.1 1,888.4 1,801.5 86.9 1,920.7 1,847.3 73.4
The nonfarm employment estimate, derived from a survey of businesses, is a measure of jobs in the state; the unemployment rate and labor force estimates are based on a household survey, and measure the work status of people who live in Connecticut. Overall, as the national and state economies recover, volatility in monthly numbers can be expected. Job and employment estimates are best understood in the context of their movement over several months rather than observed changes in a single month's value.
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